Blocks of apartments will be made that are specially equipped for homeowners to live during future lockdowns.
The flagship new metropolis in Xiong’an, China, has been dubbed a “smart city” after architects pitched homes designed for outbreaks.
The flagship new metropolis in Xiong’an, China, has been dubbed a “smart city” after architects pitched homes designed for outbreaks. Residents can grow food and print anything they need
A new “pandemic-proof” neighbourhood could be the future of housing in a post Covid world, architects have claimed.
And there will be communal work areas big enough to keep a social distance.
Each flat will come with a large balcony so residents have ample outdoor space.
The Chinese project is being headed up by Barcelona based Guallart Architects, which claim the neighbours will start a new normal in a post-coronavirus design.
Vegetable gardens and a rooftop solar farm will allow residents to be self-sufficient if the disaster impacts food chains, The Telegraph reports.
“Our proposal stems from the need to provide solutions to the various crises that are taking place, in order to create a new urban life based in the circular bio-economy.”
Founder Vicente Guallart told the outlet: “We cannot continue designing cities and buildings as if nothing had happened.
He added to the Thomas Reuters Foundation: “We wanted to make a manifesto of those things that we thought were important during the lockdown and in the future.
“If homes allow telework and tele-education, have flexible spaces on large terraces, and cities can grow food on the roofs or print objects in their neighbourhoods, we will be more prepared for the crises of the future.”
There will also be a shop, offices, kindergarten, swimming pool and fire station.
The pandemic-proof neighbourhood consists of blocks designed for entirely integrated living and working during a future epidemic.
The neighbourhood is designed to be self-sufficient should a future virus halt the world’s food chains.